It's no secret that if you uncover "The Next Big Thing" before everyone else, you could stand to profit immensely.
That's why I spent the past 6 months creating the following list of shocking predictions -- to show you what I think are the best under-the-radar investment opportunities for the next 12 months.
As you'll see, my past forecasts have returned a small fortune to investors. But I expect the following 11 predictions to be the most lucrative yet...
My name is Andy Obermueller. I'm a Chief Investment Strategist here at one of the nation's leading investment research firms -- StreetAuthority.
My job is to find game-changing ideas that alter our very way of life, and to help people make money off of them.
I've spent the last several months uncovering 11 hidden opportunities that I doubt you'll hear about anywhere else. And in today's presentation, I want to share these forecasts with you.
Of course, these are only forecasts. Not all of them will come true immediately. But we've issued a number of forecasts like this over the years, boldly stating our unhedged predictions. And if you've followed them, you've seen how accurate many of them have been.
For example, in 2009 we told our readers to expect a big move in nanotechnology. We said, "This is an opportunity of enormous proportions." Our nanotech pick shot up 293%.
We claimed in 2010 that the "best sci-fi speculation of the year" would be a powerful technology called RFID... and that three stocks could skyrocket because of it. Our picks were up 42%... 89%... and 310% a year after being featured in my list.
We also said "we see Apple breaking new ground next year." That was back at the start of 2010. The stock proceeded to rise 92% over the next two years, and readers who followed our advice doubled their money in two years.
Then in 2012, I told readers to "avoid the stock for the coming 12 months." Sure enough, after a strong start Apple's shares plunged, losing a third of their value.
In 2013 we predicted that "stocks will soar as Congress passes a long-term tax proposal."
At the time, this seemed impossible. Many experts believed the country would go over the "fiscal cliff." But sure enough, Congress reached an agreement. And by early February, the Dow broke through to a 5-year high.
Most recently, in my 2014 predictions I said that there would be a "sea change" in mobile payments. And I said one little stock "clearly has the most upside of any company competing in [this] space."
The stock soared 85% in 8 months.
I also highlighted two surgical equipment makers and predicted, "These companies could make fortunes for you and other investors that far outpace the market."
One of them was bought out two months later. And the other delivered a 71% return in 5 months.
Of course, there's no guarantee that my new forecasts will be as profitable as my earlier ones. And not every one of them will come to fruition.
But after spending months and months researching them, I am convinced that these 11 predictions give investors the best opportunity to capture profits in 2015.
Let's start with one that could be my most lucrative yet...
I've found a soda company that is not your typical soft drink outfit.
Instead of making soda, it makes a sleek drink dispenser the size of a blender. This dispenser turns tap water into a soda of your choice in a matter of minutes -- all from the comfort of your own home.
After quietly entering the U.S. market in 2009, the company's profits are now growing by more than 40% every year. And demand for its machines is booming. They're now sold in 60,000 stores and are flying off the shelves. During the 2012 holiday season, stores couldn't keep them in stock.
What's more, the company is now partnering with other beverage companies, such as Kool-Aid, Country Time Lemonade, Kraft, and V8.
The machines are going into homes, and heaven only knows where else they could end up.
The New York Times suggests that restaurant chains will start making signature sodas that include alcohol. This would trigger thousands of machine sales and a sizeable amount of high-end drinks.
Bottom line: this company -- SodaStream (NYSE: SODA) -- is in a clear uptrend. And I predict it will catch fire over the next 12 months and become a serious threat to Coca-Cola and Pepsi.
Invest in it today and you could have a real winner on your hands. Especially when you consider that the shares are priced cheaply. For a company with such growth potential, it's a bargain.
That said, if you have any experience finding ten-baggers, you know that life-altering profits come after digging one level deeper -- down to the really big opportunity.
In this case, dig a little more and you'll quickly find a cheap, unknown stock that's poised to ride SodaStream's coattails to the top. It makes the sweetener needed for SodaStream flavors.
It's a penny stock. Don't bet your life savings on it. But even a few hundred dollars invested in this company could make you enough money to dramatically change your financial future.
Of course, in a presentation like this, I don't have the space to fully delve into this opportunity. There's simply not enough room for all of the data, projections and analysis that go into each of my forecasts.
So I've compiled all of this research into an exclusive report called The Hottest Investment Opportunities for 2015. This report gives further information on all of my predictions for the coming year -- and all the stocks set to profit from my bold calls.
I'll tell you how to get this exciting new FREE report in a moment. But first, let's get to the next forecast...
It's public knowledge that Google wants as many people connected to the Internet as possible.
The only problem is, the typical Internet Service Providers -- the AT&Ts and Time Warner's of the world -- aren't expanding fast enough in Google's mind. Four billion people are still without access.
That's why I predict that in 2015 Google will boldly create its own web service: Google Internet.
Anybody following the company has seen it laying the groundwork.
In 2011 it launched Google Fiber, an Internet connection 100 times faster than the average speed.
Then in February 2013 came Google Glass -- a pair of "glasses" that connect to the Internet.
You simply ask the glasses questions, and answers show up on a mini-screen above your right eye.
In February 2014 Google made its boldest move yet. It paid undisclosed millions for Titan Aerospace, a company that makes solar-powered drones.
As Google explains, it plans to fly the drones over remote parts of Earth and "bring Internet access to millions of people."
The drones will contribute to Project Loon. This is Google's project of sending large balloons which beam the Internet to remote regions.
Bottom line: Google has shown that it will do anything to bring the entire world online. Creating Google Internet would be the perfect way to do that.
So what's the best way to profit?
You wouldn't go wrong investing in Google itself. It's shown to be a true game-changer, beating the market 17-to-1 since going public.
But I'm more interested in a smaller company that's ahead of Google in bringing the Internet to a remote location -- the sky.
This company is the market leader of in-flight Internet services.
I first recommended this market dominator in July of 2013. It went on to soar 145% in 5 months.
One man, Lyle B. of Spring Hill, FL., wrote to me and said that between this company and another of my recommendations, he made $30,000.
But it's still a buy today.
It got into the game two years ahead of everyone else, and locked up long-term contracts with Delta, US Airways, and others.
It already has its equipment on board a majority of U.S. passenger aircraft. All told, 80% of Internet-enabled North American commercial planes use its service.
Meanwhile, 3 billion people fly every year, and as many as 8 out of 10 of them want more Internet connectivity during flights.
In other words, its market is huge... and expanding. Yet it trades for less than $20.
As more and more airlines offer in-flight connectivity, this company is in a great position to profit for a long time.
It clearly has the most upside of any company competing in the race to bring the Internet to everyone. I'll tell you all about it in The Hottest Investment Opportunities for 2015.
It's not talked about much in polite society... but there's a private stock market where politicians, celebrities, and elite investors make millions.
Take for example former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. He used this private market to become one of the richest men to ever run for president.
In 1984, Romney teamed up with a group of friends and proceeded to make 88% a year on his money until 1999 -- when he quit to run the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. Assuming that Romney added $200 million to his net worth over that time... that comes to $6,400 an hour for 15 years.
But Mitt Romney's not the only politician to cash in. When Bill Clinton left office, he got into this little-known market in a BIG way.
According to Bloomberg News, Clinton made $15.4 million between 2003 and 2007.
This market is riddled with former government big shots. Al Gore, Rudy Giuliani and George H.W. Bush have all made millions in it.
The reason so many former politicians are involved in this underground investment market is because it's reserved only for society's elite. Typically, just 6% of investors are allowed to use it. You have to be worth millions of dollars, and your home equity doesn't count.
However, I don't think it will remain closed to the average investor for long. I predict that in 2015, this private market will open up to everyone.
As a first step, Congress passed the JOBS act in April 2012 -- which relaxed some of the laws regarding small business lending. It allows ordinary Americans to place small investments in start-ups and small businesses before they go public.
Additionally, more and more websites like Kickstarter.com are sprouting up. These forums allow private companies and individuals to fund movies... shopping malls... almost anything.
And at least two big investment firms are also tapping small investors for the first time. They are working with the SEC to allow retail investors to put in just $10,000 instead of millions, like they usually demand.
The message is clear: The little guy is getting a chance to play with the big boys. And I think it's only a matter of time before Mitt Romney's private stock market is open to everyone.
But here's the best part: while you wait for that to happen, I've found a way for you to invest in this private market today. Thanks to a little-known loophole, you can invest alongside all these rich and powerful politicians already.
And all it takes is a few hundred dollars.
Recent college graduate Neal K. managed to make a killing without going through the usual Wall Street brokerage routine. He invested a small sum -- just $600 -- in this private market in 2011. That investment delivered gains of $3,400 in less than a year for a quick 466% return.
And Massachusetts native John S. used this private market to grow his nest egg by over 600%. He turned a modest $16,826 investment back in 2008 into a $113,690 windfall in four years.
In The Hottest Investment Opportunities for 2015, you'll discover 5 different ways you can start making money in this private market, too. In the past, regular investors who've used my secret have seen gains of 41%, 46%, and 76% in less than a year. You could be next.
That's what most people think the next great superpower will be. And if not China, then certainly Russia, India, or a European country, right?
Wrong. I predict that the next world dominator will be Brazil.
The Brookings Institute -- arguably the #1 think tank in the world -- says that over the next 15 years, 2 billion people will be added to the emerging middle class.
That's right -- 2 billion people. And they are projected to add a whopping $35 trillion to the global economy.
This money will no doubt be spent on things every middle-class citizen wants: cars, food, better housing, etc.
That's where Brazil comes in. As a producer of several valuable commodities, it's perfectly positioned to rake in trillions.
Just consider a small sampling of some of the necessary goods it produces already...
Coffee: Brazil is the world's largest coffee grower. 83% of Americans drink an average of three cups per day. So you can imagine what could happen when you add 2 billion people to the coffee market.
Aluminum: Brazil has the third-largest reserves of bauxite -- the world's main source of aluminum.
This commodity is already seeing increased demand. As Bloomberg notes: "rising consumption of aluminum, used in products from beer cans to airplane wings, has climbed with the rise of middle classes in China, Brazil and the Middle East."
Oil: The country already produces 2.6 million barrels per day. And deepwater oil reserves have boosted output tenfold since 1980.
That should only increase. In 2007, the country made the biggest oil find in the Western Hemisphere in 30 years. And its ocean border is one of the most fertile deepwater fields on Earth.
Brazil also has dominant positions in freshwater reserves, cattle, iron ore, and numerous other resources the world will be begging for.
Look at it this way... Even if Brazil captured just 10% of that $35 trillion in future spending, it would still more than double its GDP.
Speaking of GDP, independent analysts are already expecting Brazil's GDP to increase faster than the U.S.'s between now and 2018. And that's before the growth in the global middle class really takes off.
The best news? While everyone focuses on America, China and others, you can invest Brazil for a big discount.
There are only 7 ways to invest directly. The best way is through a fund located on the New York Stock Exchange.
It invests in 76 Brazilian companies, both large and small, giving you the best combination of growth and safety.
It's trading well off its highs, which is especially good when you consider how well Brazil's stock market has done in the past. Over the past ten years, it's trounced the S&P 500 by more than 3-to-1.
In The Hottest Investment Opportunities for 2015, I'll tell you about this fund, and give more details on why Brazil could far outpace the rest of the world in the 21st century.
Nancy Reagan told kids to "Just Say No" to drugs. George H.W. Bush did much the same.
Then Bill Clinton came along and famously declared that, yes, he tried marijuana... but, no, he didn't inhale.
Now, a sitting president plainly stated he smoked weed in his youth. And no one even seemed to blink.
Times have changed.
Whatever your opinion of pot, this game-changing shift in attitude cannot be ignored as an investment opportunity.
Voters in Washington and Colorado have already legalized marijuana for recreational use. Some 20 other states have given it the nod for medical purposes.
I predict that in 2015, marijuana will sweep the nation and be legal in all 50 states for both medical and recreational use.
The New York Times has now come out in favor of legalization. As have billionaire investor Peter Thiel and CNN's chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta.
And The Economist says "the ground at last appears to be clearing for the cannabis industry in America."
Polling data backs this up. You see a continued uptrend in marijuana use since 1969. Back then, only 4% of Americans said they'd tried marijuana. Today, it's at 38%.
And in October 2013, a record 58% of Americans said "yes" when asked if marijuana should be made legal, and only 39% said "no."
That's a big change from prior years.
And with many cities teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and America's debt burden looming large I think politicians, industry leaders, and most importantly, changing attitudes will all push for widespread legalization.
The profit potential is just too big for cash-strapped states to resist.
Legal marijuana use hit $1.43 billion in sales in 2013, and is projected to grow 64% over the course of this year. That alone is a rate of growth faster than Smartphones ever achieved.
One report forecasts that by 2018 the marijuana market could hit $10.2 billion.
"Cannabis is one of the fastest-growing industries," said Steve Berg, a former Wells Fargo executive and the editor of the State of Legal Marijuana Markets.
"Domestically, we weren't able to find any market that is growing as quickly."
Remember, too, that the illegal drug business is worth an estimated $400 billion a year in the United States alone.
So presuming all marijuana sales become legal in the next 20 years, you can see the incredible growth potential -- a mind-blowing 30% a year in compound annual growth.
While there are several risky, micro-cap stocks available -- Cannabis Science, Fusion Pharmaceutical, Hemp Inc. -- many of these companies aren't yet profitable.
And with marijuana still in its infancy from an acceptance and legality standpoint, I prefer the equipment and drug makers.
That's exactly why I like a little-known medical marijuana company founded back in 1998. It is one of the only marijuana plays traded on a large exchange, and it owns the first cannabis plant derivative to gain government approval in any country. It's also the only marijuana company I know of with a billion-dollar market cap.
I predict this company will be the marijuana industry's biggest gainer in 2015.
Its groundbreaking drug is in Phase III trials in the United States, but once it hits the shelves, get ready for big gains as marijuana gains more acceptance.
I'll reveal more details on this disruptive company in my report, The Hottest Investment Opportunities for 2015.
Before I go on, I should say that I don't recommend you risk your mortgage on these ideas. Instead, I suggest you try what I call my "20% solution."
You see, these predictions are designed to help you become a millionaire. And the best way to do that is by making an occasional "swing for the fences" investment.
Put 80% of your portfolio in safe, reliable assets: dividend stocks, blue chips, index funds, and the like. But keep 20% in the big ideas that are changing the world. This will dramatically increase your profit potential without taking on all the risk.
For example, assume you start with a $25,000 portfolio that tracks the broader market. The average annual return from 2002 through 2012 for the S&P 500 was a measly 4% (with dividends). That means $25,000 turns into $38,789 in 11 years.
But things can change dramatically when you add in the potential for just a few big winners.
Let's say you invest 80% of your $25,000 portfolio, or $20,000, in the broader market to achieve that 4% return. Then you allocate the remaining 20%, or $5,000, to a collection of "game-changing" picks -- stocks with the potential to snag major gains.
If the game-changing part of your portfolio averages 30% a year, then the initial $5,000 grows into $89,608 after 11 years.
Add in the $20,000 and its market return, which has grown to $30,789, and you've got $120,397 -- more than double the other portfolio, all thanks to where you put just 20% of your money.
That's the power of the game-changing ideas I'm telling you about today. Allocate a few thousand dollars to them -- or even a few hundred -- and you could get huge gains with very little risk.
Which leads me to my next prediction...
The first rule of business: know your customer. The first rule at Amazon: anticipate what your customer will want.
Amazon knows that impatient consumers will simply hop in the car and go to a store if they can't get their products quickly. That's why the company has made a huge push to handle next-day delivery.
It's enlisted the help of the U.S. Postal Service to facilitate delivery on Sundays. And it has gone so far as to look into using drones to deliver packages, as it revealed in December 2013.
And still, that's not good enough for Amazon's hyper-competitive CEO, Jeff Bezos. He's quietly pushing his company onto the next frontier: "anticipatory shipping." It stocks thousands of items in local warehouses that are most likely to be ordered.
But I think Amazon is about to take this to unprecedented level. I predict that in 2015 it will create a "pre-purchase" delivery pilot program where it will deliver products that it thinks customers want to buy... but just haven't got around to purchasing yet.
How is this possible? Data.
Amazon believes that by harnessing the reams of data Amazon's computers process every day, the company will know what you want -- before you know it.
As it stands, if you typically order diapers and tissues on the first Monday of each month, Amazon plans to start prepping your next order before you even place it.
By the time you hit the click button, the box will have already been filled and will just need a shipping label. In some instances, that box will already be waiting at a local UPS facility. It might arrive at your door only hours after the order was placed.
Amazon has even filed a patent for the process, aiming to prevent rivals from simply copying its strategy.
But now, I predict it will make its boldest move yet and start sending you products before you've actually purchased them.
Now, you may be asking: Won't this cost Amazon a lot of money? Undoubtedly. But I doubt Bezos is worried about that.
The company has made large investments in its customer experience in the past. And in many instances it's actually willing to lose money on certain orders to strengthen customer loyalty. In 2012, Amazon had $61 billion in sales, but failed to generate a profit.
It's all part of Amazon's grand strategy. It knows that once it's grabbed a huge percentage of market share, the profits will start pouring in quickly.
That trend may have already started. Analysts see profits rising 50% in 2015 and growing at that pace in 2016 as well.
You could of course, invest directly in Amazon. But you should consider a simple and cheap alternative.
It's an $11 billion company that poised to benefit from Amazon's anticipatory shipping, whether or not Amazon creates "pre-purchase delivery" or not.
It's a leader of the data collection movement -- the key to Amazon's success. It's almost completely unknown to most investors, but as more and more companies implement Amazon's data gathering practices, I think it will become a household name.
Institutions have loaded up on this stock, buying 93% of all shares outstanding. And investors are getting $15 of cash per share -- more than you could get from cash-hoarding companies like Cisco and Microsoft.
Amazingly, it's trading at the same level it was back in 2009, even though its net income has grown 600% over the same time period.
Get your free copy of The Hottest Investment Opportunities for 2015 today and you'll get my overview of Amazon and predictive analytics... and the name and ticker of my top pick in this arena.
Pure nicotine gets a bad rap. It's a completely harmless substance.
I can cite study after study after study from reputable sources. A New Zealand study conducted by Dr. Murray Laugesen... research by Harm Reduction International... These groups and dozens more show that no link between nicotine and cancer has ever been proven.
I'm not schilling for Big Tobacco here. There are some 4,000 compounds that go up in smoke whenever anyone lights up a cigarette.
But all of that comes from incinerating plant, paper and tar. The nicotine might get you wired, but it is otherwise blameless.
Therefore, if a company could deliver nicotine without the risk of cancer and emphysema, then it would be a dream come true to some 40 million U.S. smokers...
As well as everyone else in the country who quit for health reasons.
That's why I'm predicting exponential growth for the e-cigarette industry.
I think that in 2015 this already fast growing industry will attract millions of smokers and former smokers.
I wouldn't be surprised if reports surfaced that President Obama, a long-time smoker, was quietly using e-cigarettes to help him quit real ones.
But regardless of whether or not President Obama has become a e-cigarette user, the market for electronic cigarettes is growing. It's estimated to be about a billion dollars today, but Wells Fargo analyst Bonnie Herzog told CNBC that she sees sales reaching $10 billion in 2017.
She even goes so far as to say they will overtake conventional cigarettes within a decade.
Herzog also notes that one of the elements juicing the bottom line is that electronic cigarettes don't have to price in the costs of the multibillion-dollar settlement the industry made with U.S. states in 1998.
I think she's right. E-cigarettes are a true game-changer, and I think the opportunity is probably even larger than Herzog does.
As these electronic devices grow in popularity and become more common, they will find first acceptance and then welcome.
No wonder Facebook co-founder Sean Parker is an investor. As well as PayPayl's Peter Thiel.
Fortunately, there's one small company in particular that I think could skyrocket from this boom.
It's a $121 million Florida firm whose sales have grown 47% since 2011. It offers several different brands, which are already being sold in 6,600 Family Dollar stores.
It's a pure play... and it's virtually unknown. It only gets about 3% the trading volume of a big, traditional cigarette company like Lorillard.
You'll learn all about it in your copy of our The Hottest Investment Opportunities for 2015 report.
The technology I think Iran is about to unleash is an alternative oil...
An oil that's not taken from the ground, but grown in the fertile countryside of southern Iran.
Let me explain...
Most people have no idea that algae can be turned into oil. In fact, in some cases it's so much like oil that it can be processed in existing refineries with little or no retrofitting.
Want proof? Just ask Exxon Mobil. It hired one of the most celebrated scientists in the world, J. Craig Venter -- who sequenced the human genome -- to oversee its research.
Oil giant Chevron is also pursuing algae-based fuels in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Interestingly though, one of the earliest nations to embrace the technology was Iran, which began looking into it in 2000.
As if the country didn't have enough energy to export, it turns out that southern Iran is thought to be the best place to grow algae. It has high humidity, a sunny climate and salty water -- all perfect conditions.
In fact, Fars News -- Iran's major news agency -- says algae-based bio-fuel will be available as early as 2015.
The good news is, even if those projections are ambitious, the future looks extremely bright for algae-based oil and other biofuels, as they're called.
Algae's potential in particular is mind-numbingly spectacular.
It can be grown and harvested year-round, as opposed to corn or other biomass crops. And grow it does, like mad. Algal biomass can double itself in as little as 3.5 hours.
It uses less water than row crops do, and it's not particular. It can thrive in the sort of lousy, brackish water that would kill other crops.
The neat thing is that it only needs two things to grow -- sunlight, which is abundant and free, and CO2, which the world is dying to get rid of. As far as emissions go, the only byproduct is pure oxygen.
I believe -- and have believed for some time -- that sustainable fuels, either from algae or next-generation ethanol, will be the future of energy.
Large companies with the resources to finance the next stages of development seem to agree with me. DuPont is nearly done with a plant in the Iowa city of Nevada with the capacity to produce 30 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol a year.
Spanish conglomerate Abengoa is putting the finishing touches on a 25 million-gallon plant in Hugoton, Kan.
And leading ethanol maker Poet, a private concern that has engaged in the development of cellulosic ethanol since 2001, is planning to open its 20 million-gallon plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa, early next year.
One little-known company I started recommending in the 35-cent range is now near $1.50 a share. In the past five years, it's turned every $2,500 into $11,515.
But it's still a "buy" today. And using my "20% solution," I believe those same kind of gains are possible for you.
I'll tell you more about this game-changing company and the exciting technology it's using in my latest report, The Hottest Investment Opportunities for 2015.
It was winter, February 2013. A Chinese man, nearly 90, went to a Shanghai hospital complaining of a cough. Shortly after he was admitted, it progressed into a fever.
A week later, he died.
Soon thereafter, a 37-year old pork butcher found himself in the same hospital with similar symptoms.
A week later, he also died.
According to The Economist, public health officials concluded these cases were the first of a strain of influenza called H7N9.
It had never before been seen in humans.
The worst part? No one knows how it spreads... or how it's cured. And in a development that makes my blood run cold, at least one patient was found to have been carrying the virus without showing any symptoms.
Is H7N9 the onset of a nightmare pandemic? No one knows. But we do know that an influenza outbreak will happen. According to experts, it's inevitable.
In a panel discussion on PBS a few years ago, Dr. Rex Archer, Director of Health for Kansas City, Missouri had this to say when he was asked if an avian flu outbreak was inevitable: "I don't think there's any question that we will face another pandemic."
His colleague, Dr. Nils Daulaire, a former president and CEO of the Global Health Council, went even further:
"We had three pandemics in the 20th century. It's been almost 40 years since the last one.... we do know from history and from the laws of probability that a global influenza pandemic will happen."
He says that while it's impossible to predict exactly when, "it's likely to be in the next 10 to 20 years."
If these doctors know this, then the government knows it, too.
Which is why I think the government will begin to quietly stockpile record numbers of vaccines in preparation for the next big pandemic.
Last November the government appears to have made the first step in this direction.
In a rare move, the FDA suspended the usual rules regarding the clinical trials of new drugs and fast-tracked a bird flu vaccine.
It was approved under CFR 601.41, titled: "Accelerated Approval of Biological Products for Serious or Life-Threatening Illnesses."
But here's where it gets really interesting...
When I asked my doctor if she had this vaccine, she said I was out of luck.
"Sorry, you can't have it," she told me. "I mean, no one can, actually. The government's stock-piling it."
Governments aren't prone to stockpiling hundreds of millions of doses of medicine to prevent illnesses that are Really No Big Deal. And they certainly wouldn't be doing it in secret if it didn't matter.
I, personally, think it's frightening that our government stockpiled a flu vaccine without telling us. It's nerve-wracking to think that a virus out there might be far more serious than we've been led to believe. Is it really a nightmare scenario? And if it's not, then what is?
Now, you may be saying: Killer viruses have been around for years and nothing has come of them.
Be warned: that is Sept. 10, 2001 thinking.
We all know what happened the next day. A global pandemic has happened, can happen and, experts say, inevitably will happen again.
The Black Plague killed an estimated 75 to 200 million people.
The 1918 flu pandemic infected 500 million people and killed 50 million of them.
The fact is, these viruses mutate constantly. The world has gotten smaller. And people and goods move faster and can come into contact with more diseases than ever before.
That's a perfect storm in the making.
Fortunately, instead of being frightened, there's a way for you to protect yourself and even make some money in the process.
In The Hottest Investments for 2015, I'll show you the names and tickers of two companies in perfect position to make a fortune from a pandemic.
The first is small, with less than $200 million in market cap. But public health officials have it on speed dial -- and they've placed orders. Not just any kind of orders, but the massive quantities required for the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile.
It has signed a $400 million contract to deliver 2 million doses of the smallpox antiviral Arestvyr to the U.S. government -- even though the drug has not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
My second pick is a billion-dollar-plus company that has seen its top line grow to the $22 million range from just $330,000 in 2009.
It has $122 million in cash on its books and only $1.65 million in debt. Its treatment for the H5N1 flu strain is in Phase II trials. It is also in the early testing stage for a dozen other compounds for seasonal and pandemic influenza.
Both have enormous upside in the unfortunate event that their products become immediately necessary. You'll hear all about them in The Hottest Investments for 2015.
After being one of America's great 20th century success stories, J.C. Penney Company has fallen on hard times.
In short: It forgot its history. And its demographics. And its place in the retail spectrum.
Former CEO Ron Johnson attempted to remake the company's business model... and failed spectacularly. By the time he was fired on April 13, 2013, the stock had nosedived 53.9% under his tenure.
But I'm making a bold prediction that Penney will be one of the great turnaround plays of 2015.
To return to its one-time hale and hearty condition, Penney doesn't have to turn the retail industry on its head.
It simply has to return to its tried and true formula. The one that worked for decades.
Getting rid of Johnson was a big step in this direction. But hiring Mike Ullman was an even bigger one.
Ullman, who ran the company previously, already has had some early success. No one's talking about it, but since he took the reins the quarterly decline in same-store sales has begun to narrow. And total sales have increased modestly each period.
This is impressive enough on its own, but it shouldn't overshadow two other really smart things Ullman's done.
First, he brought back the private J.C. Penney labels that Johnson had foolishly gotten rid of. Brands like St. John's Bay, which strongly resonate with core customers.
Ullman then looked at the other side of the same coin and decided to get rid of some of the brands that Johnson had brought in. The Joe Fresh men's line is gone; so is Martha Stewart -- neither found much traction.
What this tells me as an investor is that Ullman understands the company's place in the retail spectrum. He knows the tastes and tendencies of the people who shop there.
What's more, he's taking it online, a segment of the business that Johnson could never be bothered with. Internet sales had fallen to $215 million per quarter under Johnson. By the third quarter 2013, Ullman had pulled them up nearly 25%.
Bottom line: The company has gotten rid of the stuff that no one wanted. It's restocked its private label lines that its customers love. And it has enough cash on hand to get started on the road to true recovery.
Ullman clearly is a CEO who focuses on the fundamentals. That's good -- that's exactly what this company needs.
I like the idea of a position in Penney at any price under $9 with an eye toward an $18-22 price target by the end of 2015.
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Like Penney, it's also been left for dead. But it's become a favorite of Wall Street analysts, and is making some big management changes that I think could give it a 100% gain by the end of 2015.
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For instance, Wal-Mart, Target, 7-Eleven, Publix Supermarkets and a handful of other major retailers announced that they are working to develop their own mobile payments system, according to The Wall Street Journal.
And other cell phone companies, like Google and Vodafone, are also vying for dominance in this space.
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